Navigating overstay bans in the Schengen Area

Schengen Area Overstay Ban Lawyer

If you have an overstay ban in a country, it means that you have violated the terms of your visa or immigration status and have been subjected to a penalty that prevents you from entering or remaining in that country for a specified period. There are many different scenarios for an overstay in Malta, such as a visa overstay, being terminated from your employment and not applying for a new job within 10 days of termination, and other scenarios. In any such a situation, seeking the assistance of a immigration lawyer can be beneficial in many ways.

There are a lot of consequences for overstaying in the Schengen Area and it’s good to know that an overstay never goes unnoticed and whether the overstay is international or not, it is always punished by either a fine, immediate deportation and getting banned from re-entering the Schengen Zone for a specific amount of time.

If you overstay in the Schengen Area, you risk:

  • Deportation
  • Difficulties coming back to Schengen Area
  • Fines
  • Ban from Schengen Area

If you are in an overstay status, or you have received a return order to go back to your country or received a ban at the airport by the immigration police, you have the right to regularise your position and appeal this decision. Engaging the expertise of an immigration lawyer is essential for many reasons. A lawyer can evaluate your case and immigration history to understand the reasons for the overstay and the specific terms of the ban. A lawyer can explain your rights and options under immigration law and can guide you through the process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is submitted correctly and on time.

Sciberras Advocates offers professional support for various immigration matters, including appeals at the Immigration Appeals Board, preparing written requests to the Principal Immigration Officer for appeals, regularisation of status, challenging removal orders, and overturning bans. If you require expert legal assistance for immigration-related matters, we invite you to visit our dedicated webpage on immigration services in Malta: Alternatively, you can contact us to consult with one of our experienced immigration lawyers. We are committed to providing effective solutions tailored to your specific immigration needs.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

Article written by Ms Charlene Sciberras, B.A. (Hons), guest writer, is a marketing and business administration specialist with a special focus on corporate, accounting, and legal matters.

Sciberras Advocates founded by Dr Adrian Sciberras, is a law firm based in Malta. The firm prides itself to be multi-disciplinary, innovative and flexible in order to meet the changing times and any challenges in the local and international legal scenario. No matter what private or corporate complex demands are called for, Sciberras Advocates offers practical and cost-effective legal solutions to achieve your desired results. You may reach Sciberras Advocates by phone on +35627795222 or via email on [email protected].

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